ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright allowed two hits in eight masterful innings and Paul Goldschmidt homered to steer the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Sunday.
The Cardinals snapped a two-sport skid and saved the Pirates from earning their first series sweep of the season. They remain the most straightforward crew in the majors without one.
Wainwright (12-7) threw 106 pitches and retired his final 11 hitters. He hasn’t well-liked a lope in his previous 19 innings against the Pirates and has gained his remaining seven choices against them.
The 39-year-passe honest-hander struck out nine and did not stroll a batter in improving to 20-7 lifetime against Pittsburgh.
“I honest match up moderately wisely against them,” Wainwright acknowledged. ”But, they beat me spherical moderately best seemingly earlier in my occupation. This is purely payback.”
Wainwright has given up honest six hits during his 19-inning scoreless lope against Pittsburgh, with 19 strikeouts and no walks.
“Textbook. That’s how you mumble kids to pitch,” Goldschmidt acknowledged. ”He lives it out day after day. And he’s been doing it for the type of long time. Eight innings used to be big. He basically picked us up at the present time.”
Wainwright has long previous not not up to seven innings in 14 of 25 begins this season. He frail his breaking ball to stymie the Pirates for the second time in 11 days, including a two-hitter in a 4-0 win at Pittsburgh on Aug. 11.
His remaining loss to the Pirates came on April 3, 2016.
“We want to return up with a larger sport understanding,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton acknowledged. “At some point we have got to determine out a technique to wrestle that because he’s gotten us three instances now.”
Goldschmidt hit his 19th homer in the fifth to set apart it 2-0. He had two hits and extended his hitting mosey to 11 games.
“Been swinging it moderately wisely,” Goldschmidt acknowledged. “Obtained moderately lucky a couple of instances. It potentially appears better than it basically is.”
Alex Reyes bought his 28th keep in 30 probabilities. Correct fielder Lars Nootbaar hauled in a long force by Colin Moran with two on to finish it.
Yadier Molina introduced in Goldschmidt with a lope-scoring single in the foremost off Steven Brault (0-2), who gave up one lope and 5 hits over four innings. Goldschmidt ripped a one-out single off third antagonistic to begin the outburst.
Harrison Bader added a lope-scoring single in the eighth.
Pittsburgh gained 5 of its old six games in St. Louis.
St. Louis has gained 10 of its remaining 11 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates went 5-4 in St. Louis this season and 3-2 remaining year.
Pirates: RHP Sam Howard labored two scoreless innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday evening. He’s on the 10-day injured checklist with a honest oblique strain.
Pirates: RHP Will Crowe (3-7) will face Arizona in the foremost of a three-sport remark Monday in Pittsburgh. The Diamondbacks had but to recount a starter. Crowe ranks fourth among NL rookies with 79 strikeouts.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (9-1, 2.68 ERA) will face Detroit RHP Casey Mize (6-6, 3.69) in the opener of a two-sport series Tuesday in St. Louis. Flaherty has allowed two runs in 12 innings over two begins since returning Aug. 13 from a long stint on the injured checklist resulting from a left oblique strain.
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